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Courtesy: Southern U. Athletics

Williams earns SWAC Player of the Week honors

Courtesy: Southern U. Athletic Media Relations
Release: 09/10/2015
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced its SWAC Volleyball Players of the Week with Taija Thomas (Jackson State), Jenna Siddiqui (Jackson State), Diamond Williams (Southern) and Riley MacDonald (Alabama State) receiving the honors for September 9.

Thomas earned offensive honors, while her teammate Siddiqui collected the award as a setter. Willams netted defensive accolades while MacDonald picked up newcomer hardware.

Offensive Player of the Week- Thomas
Taija Thomas was named to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette All-Tournament Team, after leading the Jackson State offense with 44 kills (3.38 kills-per-set) over four matches and 13 sets. Thomas recorded a total of 116 attacks with a .259 attack percentage.

Defensive Player of the Week- Williams
The league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year added her second All-Tournament team honors to her ledger during the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Tournament. Despite the Jaguars going 0-3 in the two day tournament, Williams led Southern University with 50 digs, including a game high 21 digs against San Jose State. The junior from Fort Worth, Texas, also had four service aces and five assists.

Setter of the Week- Siddiqui
Jenna Siddiqui led the Jackson State with 101 assists, averaging 7.77 assists-per-set over four matches and 13 sets. Siddiqui also recorded five serving aces and seven block assists over the weekend.

Newcomer of the Week- MacDonald
Freshman setter Riley MacDonald had 26 assists and 22 digs in three matches for Alabama State at the Troy Invitational on September 4-5. She averaged 2.36 assists-per-set and 2.00 digs-per-set in tournament action, including posting 14 assists and eight digs against Cal-State Bakersfield.

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